Donald Trump Jr. meets with US senators for fresh grilling

Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of US President Donald Trump, arrives for an interview before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Wednesday. — Reuters

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump Jr. returned to Congress on Wednesday to face questions likely to focus on his contacts with Russians, as the president's eldest son insisted he has "nothing to correct" from his 2017 testimony.

The 41-year-old will testify behind closed door for up to four hours before members of the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of the Republican-led panel's two-year investigation of Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Trump Jr, who helms the Trump Organization collection of businesses that was run for decades by his real estate billionaire father, faced a barrage of questions as he strode into the hearing room, including whether he was going to alter his testimony from two years ago.

"No," he said quickly, before adding: "Nothing to correct."

Trump Jr will undoubtedly face scrutiny for his role in arranging a Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 that included a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

"If it's what you say I love it," Trump Jr had written in response to a 2016 email offering the information in a meeting, according to a transcript released last year by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which was conducting a parallel investigation.

Some Democrats suspect he may have lied about what he and his father knew about the now-infamous meeting, as well as other connections between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Trump Jr had also appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee, and that panel's Republican chairman, Senator Richard Burr, faced criticism from within his party for calling Trump Jr to appear a second time, due to apparent discrepancies between his original 2017 testimony and that of other witnesses. — AFP